In a new interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1, Win Butler has discussed Arcade Fire‘s recent return with the song “I Give You Power,” featuring Mavis Staples. “Mavis Staples is one of my favorite people on Earth and I’ve been fortunate enough to sing with her a couple times, and we just have a really beautiful relationship with her as a band,” Butler said. “We’re just really honored to sing with her.”
When asked about the timing of the release, Butler said, “It’s the eve of the inauguration and I think it’s easy to get sucked into sitting on the couch and checking your news feed and watching things on CNN, and we’re just musicians and the only thing we have to offer is our music.” He continued, “I talked to Mavis last night and she said, ‘Now more than ever we just need to hold onto each other.’ For us it’s a feeling of solidarity-to not feel powerless and focus on what we can do as individuals and try to do our part.”
Butler went on to encourage artists trust their instincts when it comes to addressing current events. “It’s really crazy times, and I think that naturally a lot of art comes out of that.” When asked about the next step for Arcade Fire, he cryptically responded, “The future is unwritten.” Listen to the interview below.